Cambridge may be known for its brilliant minds, but there’s quite a few hot bods walking around that hub of intelligence too. Here’s a look at where the buff boys and girls of Cambridge got their sweat on:
VIM: If you’re looking for a luxurious wellness experience, check out Central Square’s VIM Fitness. This high-end workout wonderland might cost a bit more than most gyms, but with amenities like individual TV screens on the 60 cardio machines, it’s hard to say no to a quick sweat. There’s over 80 group fitness classes each week, featuring all the classics like spinning and yoga, as well as a thriving Pilates program and its offshoot, Piloxing. Be sure to check and see if your company gets a bulk discount, so you can knock down the $74 monthly fee. (There’s also a $49 initiation fee.)
350 Massachusetts Ave. 617-577-1100, www.vimfitness.com
Cambridge YMCA: Easy to access in Central Square, the Cambridge YMCA puts a new spin on the neighborhood Y. Guests can dive into the heated pool, run some laps on the indoor running track, or play a game of racquetball. There’s also a cardio room and a boxing gym, as well as a popular weightlifting area. Monthly memberships cost $35 for college students, $45 for 18-29 year olds, $55 for the over 30 crowd, and $48 for seniors.
820 Massachusetts Ave., 617-661-9622, www.cambridgeymca.org
Healthworks: It’s ladies only at this Porter Square favorite, which just launched a variety of new group gitness classes. There’s Redline, a fast-paced metabolic conditional class that combines high-intensity cardio with muscle-defining moves, and Octane, a sort of boot camp-on-crack that uses equipment like kettlebells and sandbags. A new Yoga Flow class is also available for those who love to get their “ommmmm” on.
Porter Square Shopping Center , 35 White St., 617-497-4454, http://www.healthworksfitness.com/clubs/cambridge/
Boston Sports Club Central Square: Right off the MBTA’s Red Line is the BSC, which offers diverse amenities ranging from massage therapists and pilates reformers to saunas and steam rooms. One of the most popular classes is XpressLine, an eight-station, total body circuit workout that takes only 22 minutes out of your schedule. There are two membership types offered to customers: a Passport membership, which allows unlimited access to any Sports Club in the network, and a Core membership, which allows unlimited access to a single club. The prices vary, however.
625 Massachusetts Ave., 617-876-5550, http://www.mysportsclubs.com
Wellbridge Athletic Club: Adjacent to Harvard Square’s beloved Charles Hotel, Wellbridge describes itself as a full-service athletic club with a country club atmosphere. Classes range from diverse aquatic programs at the rooftop, indoor pool to CAT (Conditioning and Agility Training) where participants work in pairs and groups on circuits and drills for a high-intensity workout. One of Wellbridge’s most popular options with busy professionals is Fit in 15, a 15-minute exercise program that covers four different fitness exercises. You’ll also find state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, like standard and incline treadmills and rowing machines
5 Bennett St., 617-441-0800, https://www.wellbridge.com/wellbridge-athletic-club/cambridge